13 March 2013

Martin Healy explores identity and meaning

Contemporary artist Martin Healy is an old friend and a damn talented photographer and video creator. His exhibition “The Inhabitant” featured two video works, “Fugue” and “Last Man”. Both feature a solitary figure in a strikingly empty setting.

The Inhabitant, by Martin Healy. Exhibition programme designed by Larry Hynes.

I worked with Martin on the design of the programme, a 12-page booklet in the International B-format paperback size, a staple of sci-fi paperbacks and pop culture of old.

Spread from exhibition programme for artist Martin Healy, designed by Larry Hynes

Two critical essays are presented, along with stills from the videos. Writing on Healy’s work “Fugue”, curator Mary Cremin explains that:

A fuguer is an individual who moves between identities that are the product of competing temporalities. The primary symptom of fugue is unexpected travel away from home or work usually accompanied by confusion about personal identity or even an assumption of a new identity and the inability to recall ones past.

I only knew the term fugue from its musical connotation which, interestingly, is a “compositional technique in two or more voices”1 so it may have more to do with dual identities than I realised!

Spread from exhibition programme for artist Martin Healy, designed by Larry Hynes

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